Rocky Patel Renaissance Maduro Toro (6x52)
I had this cigar a couple weeks ago and was amazed at how good it was so I decided to have it again to see if it was as good the second time.
The Renaissance cigar by Rocky Patel is made at the El Paraiso factory in Danli, Honduras. The Renaissance features a silky, four-year-old Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper surrounding a binder from Jalapa, Nicaragua, and a blend of rare Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Due to a limited supply of dark Sumatra and Nicaraguan filler, only 120,000 Renaissance cigars are being produced annually.
Rocky describes the Renaissance cigar as reminiscent of old style Cubans — rich and decadent. "It's the kind of cigar that your father's grandfather smoked," Rocky says.
The cigar is very dark. After cutting the cap the draw was effortless. The first notes were sweet coffee, roasted almonds and light vanilla. The finish was long with semi-sweet vanilla notes.
At the midpoint there were notes of ruby port wine. The main flavors are still dark chocolate and coffee. The vanilla notes are subtle but nice. The pepper is nice. The finish had increases in the sweet vanilla notes with some light raw almonds.
Just past the midpoint the sweet ruby port wine notes have increased nicely. These really are nice and make this cigar special.
In the final stages the cigar remained a coffee noted, dark chocolate cigar with notes of sweet ruby port. Nice pepper. Long vanilla notes. This cigar would make a good after dinner cigar. The cigar was very good.